Dillian Whyte says he DROPPED Tyson Fury multiple times in sparring
By Charles Brun: Dillian Whyte says he dropped Tyson Fury multiple times sparring, and he wants him to give him his mandated title shot as the WBC mandatory. Whyte is tired of waiting and wants Fury to face him and “let’s have a go.”
Whyte says he normally doesn’t share sparring stories, but Fury started it first by saying he got the better of him. That didn’t happen at all, says Dillian. It was the opposite. He “bashed” Fury in sending him up and down on the canvas like a yo-yo. Whyte views Fury’s reluctance to fight him as proof that he’s not eager to get a second helping.
The decision by Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) to share this information is in response to Fury saying he plans on fighting IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in early 2021.
Whyte is supposed to be getting his title shot against WBC champion Fury in the first half of 2021, but that doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. Unless Fury has a change of heart, it’s going to be Fury-Joshua taking place early next year, and Whyte needing to wait until maybe 2022 before he gets his title shot.
Whyte didn’t say how long ago he sparred Fury. If it wasn’t recently, then it doesn’t matter what happened during the session. Fury has improved greatly from the fighter he was years ago, and he’s looking hard to beat.
Whyte: I bashed Fury
Fury made it clear on Friday that after he faces Deontay Wilder in their third fight this year, he’s going to fight Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) early net year. Those two champions could fight twice, and that’ll delay Whyte’s title shot.
It’s no surprise that heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is still unhappy with the amount of time he’ll have to wait to get his mandatory shot at the WBC title, now held by Tyson Fury.
Whyte sharing information about his sparring with Fury probably won’t anger him enough to fight him early next year. Fury wants the Joshua match, which could end up being the biggest fight in heavyweight boxing history. There’s so much interest from the fans in the Joshua vs. Fury fight, and it makes sense for that match to take place in the first quarter of next year.
“Well, me and Tyson Fury sparred, and I bashed him about and dropped him on multiple occasions. Simple as that,” said Whyte to skysports.com. “If I was such an easy fight, why is he not in any rush to fight me?
“He said before beating Wilder, ‘When I beat Wilder, I’m going to give Dillian Whyte his title shot.’ He just talks rubbish. This is war, let’s go.”
Whyte will need to stay busy and be patient.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) has a rematch clause that he’s exercised for a third fight with Fury, and there’s nothing that can be done about that. Fury must fight Wilder next. However, where Fury does have the choice is with a unification match against Joshua.
Fury doesn’t have to make that fight in the first quarter of 2021 if he doesn’t want to. He can do the right thing by giving Whyte, 32, his long-awaited title shot.
Fury can make more money fighting Joshua
Whyte has already been waiting for a year now since becoming the WBC mandatory in 2019. However, the money that Fury can make fighting Joshua will enrich beyond imagination. Fury can make money to pass down to his kids, and they can do the same with their children.
The big 6’9″ ‘Gypsy King’ Fury can make generational wealth from the Joshua fight, and that’s obviously too hard for him to resist. Taking the Whyte fight is a risky one for Fury, especially if it’s true what Dillian says about him battering Tyson and putting him down three times during the session.
If Fury was pummeled like Whyte says he was, then it makes even more sense for him to go in the direction of the Joshua unification fight. The money will be much better for Fury, and it doesn’t matter if he loses. He’ll still make a mountain of money that will make him a rich man.
When you look at this from a business point of view, it makes more sense for Fury to face Joshua than it does for him to face Whyte. There’s not much for Fury to gain in facing Whyte, because it’s less money and he’s not a popular guy. Whyte’s popularity is more or less the same as Dereck Chisora. British boxing fans like Whyte, but he’s not well-liked worldwide.
Whyte has a mandated title shot due in early 2021
The deadline for Fury to defend against his WBC mandatory Whyte is February 2021, according to World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman. However, unification fights always go ahead of mandatory defenses, and Sulaiman is obviously well aware of that. Moreover, the sanctioning fees that WBC gets will likely be more from a big fight between Fury and Joshua than it would for a Fury-Whyte clash.
If the WBC does choose to force Fury’s hand to make him fight Whyte next, it’s very likely that he’ll give up the WBC belt. It won’t matter if Fury vacates the WBC strap because he’ll have the chance to win Joshua’s IBF, WBA, and WBO belts.
It’s not as if Fury will have any trouble getting a fight against Whyte if he picks up the vacant WBC strap. Whyte will want to fight the winner of the Fury vs. Joshua contest, so it’ll be easy for Tyson to win back the WBC belt if he elects to give it up.
The real question is, why would Fury even care about the WBC belt? If Fury beats Joshua, he’ll make more money in an immediate rematch with him than he would in facing Whyte, who isn’t a big name. The money fights for Fury are Joshua, Wilder, and potentially Oleksandr Usyk. If Mike Tyson comes back, then he would be another one that Fury can make big bank fighting.
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